Photo Review

Photo Review September - November 2019

Inspiring photography, practical tips and useful information for photographers at all levels. Easy to follow advice on everything from buying the right camera gear through to shooting, editing, printing and organising your photos. The Inspiration section features high quality images and insight into how the best photographers create their photos.

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3 min.
right in front of you

In 1979 my parents gave me a copy of Dr. Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain for Christmas. Unusually for a how-to art book, it had proven so popular that only a few weeks after publication it was on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list – where it stayed for another year. Still in print today, it has been translated into 17 languages and is arguably the world’s most popular book on the art of drawing. At the time I received the book, I’d been a keen amateur photographer for over a decade and had in recent years become a practitioner of the Zone System – the complex and exacting method of exposure and development devised by Ansel Adams. Analogue photography, and the Zone System in particular,…

7 min.
the sky’s the limit

How and why did you first get into astrophotography? In the early 1970s, when I was 10 or 11 years old, I became fascinated with the universe. It was very much the space-race era, with the first man walking on the moon, the first spaceships landing on Mars and the Voyager spacecraft flying past the big planets. I remember asking my grandmother to get me a telescope for Christmas, and eventually, after much begging, she did [leading to the e-book Australian Night Sky, by Paul and his partner, Sylvia Mayo, being dedicated to the memory of his grandmother, Dorothy Ashman]. One of the main reasons I’ve always done this type of photography is to be able to show the pictures to other people and share my fascination. To say, ‘This is what’s…

8 min.
when the magic happens

‘My most vivid memory of my first time in the ocean was when I was about four years old whilst on holiday with my family on Rottnest Island in Western Australia,’ said Warren Keelan. ‘I was exploring the crystal-clear rock pools in front of my parents when for some reason I decided to step into one. The junior version of me couldn't swim at this stage, so I plunged to the bottom. It was literally only a few feet deep but it may as well have been the bottom of the ocean. I remember having my eyes open, looking up at the sky from below the surface and reaching up, feeling the dry air above the surface. Seconds later I was reefed up and out of the rock pool by…

6 min.
fushimi inari-taisha, kyoto

Why visit No visit to Japan is complete without a trip to the photogenic city of Kyoto, where you could easily spend a week and not run out of subjects for your camera. And no visit to Kyoto should be completed without seeing the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Located in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward, the shrine sits at the base of Inariyama, a mountain that reaches 233 metres above sea level. Dating back to 711 A.D., the shrine has enjoyed imperial patronage since the ninth century and now includes several main buildings, two avenues of red torii and trails extending four kilometres up the mountain to many smaller shrines. It takes approximately two hours to climb to the top. The shrine is dedicated to Inari, who is primarily known as the protector of rice cultivation.…

6 min.
getting autofocus right - part 3

It can be frustrating and dispiriting when you can't rely on your camera and lens to focus accurately every time you take a shot. And it's often difficult to track down the source of the problem; so many variables have to be considered and it can take time and effort to find and fix them. In this feature we'll outline some of the main reasons your camera and lens might be unable to focus precisely. Regardless of the conditions in which focusing fails, it's always best to do the simplest, cheapest things first. Switch off the camera then detach and re-fit the lens. Turn the camera on and see whether the problem persists. Power-down the camera again and remove and replace the battery; check the battery has sufficient charge. Check the type…

2 min.
af accuracy in mirrorless cameras

In theory, mirrorless cameras should be able to maintain their focus accuracy better than DSLRs because focus is measured on the main image sensor, not separate sensors beneath a reflex mirror. Because the light has to be reflected off one or more mirrors before reaching the AF sensor in a DSLR, errors can happen when the mirror in displaced by less than a millimeter from the correct position. The use of phase detection pixels on the sensors of both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have gone some way to improve autofocusing speed and accuracy. However, these 'hybrid' systems only work with the Live View modes in DSLRs although mirrorless cameras can use them for shooting with the monitor or the EVF, the latter being handy when recording movie clips. But phase-detection pixels are…